Spelt Sourdough Bread

This has become my staple recipe for basic sourdough. I use a Nutri-Mill to grind my spelt berries into flour. I use the Real Salt brand for our celtic salt, and filter the water through our Berkey. I feed my starter organic pastry flour from Azure. For the process on freshening the starter and benefits of sourdough, check out this post. I freshen my starter in the warmer months around 5pm and start the dough at 8-9pm. In the cooler months, I freshen my starter in the late morning sometime and do the dough later in the evening.

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(almost ready to bake!)

Spelt Sourdough Bread

(enough for 4 loaves)

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 cups active starter
  • 5 cups filtered water
  • 2 TB Real Salt
  • 14-16 cups spelt flour (check for right consistency as ever flour is different, especially the difference between freshly milled and not)

Method:

  1. Add ingredients as order above in mixer (I use a Bosch), adding flour 2 cups at a time or so.
  2. Mix ingredients until the dough is not too wet and not too dry (you’ll have to check it as you get at the end of the amount of flour added)
  3. Mix on setting 3-4 for about 5 minutes if using a Bosch and on a medium speed if using other mixer for about 7-8 minutes.
  4. Take out and place in fridge (in a plastic or ceramic dish, not metal).
  5. Leave overnight in fridge, next morning first thing take it out.
  6. Grease and dust bread pans (I use palm shortening and rice flour).
  7. Allow to do a second rising until it reaches just to the top of the bread pan (about 3 hours or longer in winter).
  8. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 415 for 15 minutes.
  9. Turn oven down to 350 and continue to bake for another 30-35 minutes.
  10. Take out of pans and allow to cool on their sides (or if the bottom is quite browned, you can cool it on the bottoms).

Sprouted Chocolate Chip Cookies

In an effort to create recipes that are simple and utilize only a few items, I am modifying some of my baking recipes. My older children are in the kitchen more and needing recipes, so this is one we adapted for them to bake their own snacks.

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(Caleb (13) making cookies – nevermind the morning mess on the counter)

Sprouted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup organic butter, (we like Rumiano from Azure)
  • 2 cups sucanat
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda, aluminum free
  • dash stevia powder
  • 4 pastured eggs
  • 6 cups sprouted flour (we use one from Azure)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Mix butter and sugar together until smooth.
  3. Add salt and baking soda and mix until combined.
  4. Scrape sides and then add one egg at a time, mixing in completely.
  5. Add 1 cup of flour at a time until achieving a good firm consistency.
  6. Add chocolate chips (and any additionals – like nuts or coconut flakes)
  7. Mix the rest by hand to be sure all flour is off bottom of mixer bowl.
  8. Scoop out and bake cookies at 375 for 12-14 minutes.
  9. Cool and enjoy with some fresh milk!

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Blast from the Past – Real Food Weight Loss

Was looking through old posts looking for a good “diet” to adhere to while one is trying to shed some unwanted weight. Here is a re-post from one I did two babies ago (yes, that’s how I count most everything, not years, but babies. Love them!)

The baby fat from this last pregnancy (#8) has been the hardest to lose! I do understand why. Many different organs and body systems have to be working correctly in order for the body to properly metabolize stored fat (on its own as designed, without extra metabolism boosters and dietary fads). The body naturally was created to desire to maintain a comfortable body weight – one just right for your body type. Not too skinny, not too heavy, just right. In order to obtain this, certain body systems have to be detoxed and working efficiently, or no matter the diet or exercise has little impact, so it seems.  Here’s the check list of important organs/systems to have in order for optimal weight loss:

  • Thyroid/Hypothalamus/Pituitary
  • Pancreas
  • Liver/Gallbladder
  • Colon
  • Lymphatic
  1. DO A MAJOR DETOX: A real simple way to make sure everything is working right would be doing an overall detox/cleansing program. Look for quality companies, no fillers, just herbs and foods. I like Garden of Life products,Nature’s Sunshine, Dr. Christopher or Dr. Schultze and the like. Check out the notes from our detox workshop and get on a good program.
  2. Check for specific problem areas:
  • Do you have a low thyroid? If so, get some sea vegetables to support it (Pure Herbs TW, for example).
  • Do you have low or high blood sugar issues? Get lots of protein, stay away from all sugar sources, and get a good pancreatic support (Nature’s Sunshine Pro-Pancreas, for example).
  • Do you have Leaky Gut? Get on the GAPS diet.
  • Do you have colitis or other colon issues? Do similar GAPS diet, but also take a colon support (Dr. Christopher, or Chinese Medicinal Herbal Combinations – see a local acupuncturist).
  • Congested Liver or Reoccurring Gallstones? Get a good liver support (Nature’s Sunshine has several, like this one. I am sure there are many others. OrGallbladder Formula). Getting that liver and gallbladder cleaned out will make a huge impact. Drinking 5-10 drops of lemon essential oil by Young Living or other reputable sources in water each day will also support and cleanse.
  • Over-worked lymphatic? Do some skin brushing, rebounding, lemongrass essential oil on the bottom of the feet twice a day, drinking green drinks (greens blended in the blender with water – up to a quart a day). Barley grass and other grass powders are also very helpful.

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3. Stick with your Real Foods Lifestyle with these alterations:

  • Drink/eat only fermented fresh dairy – drinking raw milk has sugars we are trying to avoid at this time (think yogurt, kefir, soured cream)
  • Eat only sourdough or sprouted bread minimally (1-2 slices a day).
  • Eat 1 meal with properly prepared grains (like brown rice, soaked barley, or others).
  • Avoid starchy vegetables that would add to the sugar count (like potatoes).
  • NO refined Sugar at all – no sucanat, nada. Healthy sugar is fine when you get to your desired weight. For now, use Stevia – NuNaturals, without any flavorings or raw honey (if you don’t have high blood sugar issues).
  • Eat all the healthy fats, non-starchy vegetables, properly prepared nuts/seeds, fermented, organic, preferably raw and pastured dairy and pastured, organic meats and eggs that you would like!

4. Moderate exercise: Try to get in some stretching, walking, playing with your kids, going on nature walks, doing some weight lifting with your older kids… you get the picture. Stay active. Use your rebounder for 5-10 minutes a day. It’s not about working out for hours.This is a life-style, not a diet. So, the exercise should be something you can do in real life, with all the kids, and in budget and within time restraints.

5. Take some Moringa leaf or other superfood multi-vitamin to be sure you’re filling in all the gaps, especially if you have one or more compromised systems you’re working on strengthening.

6. Keep eating your fermented veggies – these will act not only as an amazing food enzyme, but a probiotic and powerhouse of nutrients. Shoot for 1-2 Tablespoons each meal.

7. Be prayerful! Keep a thankful journal and stay connected to the Ultimate Healer for wisdom and guidance.

That’s it! Losing weight shouldn’t be so difficult. Clean up and avoid simple sugars. If you’re already on a Real Foods diet, this should be an easy move for you. If you’re still transitioning over to a Real Foods diet, keep at it! Learn all you can. Make those baby steps, or go major! Whatever is going to work for you.

**If you are nursing or pregnant, you cannot use the detox herbs. If you’re nursing or pregnant and want to clean up minimally, I recommend Detox + from Bulk Herb Store – something with just activated charcoal or bentonite clay in it. These will absorb toxins without circulating them to the baby. Other than that, do NOT CUT CALORIES. You can do the above Real Foods diet with the alterations, but never go hungry. Remember you have a little one counting on you! Eat extra helpings of soup, salad, yogurt, lots of healthy fats, etc.

God be with you as you go on your journey to complete health! Remember that weight loss is the added benefit of a healthy lifestyle and optimally functioning organs. Watch for healthy, nourishing sugar free dessert recipes. I started on this a week ago, so I will be posting recipes, like chocolate bars ;)

Cinnamon Sourdough Bread

I’ve been looking for a way to use up these rye flakes I had bought from Azure. As I was perusing online, I found this recipe that I thought looked promising. I decided to try it out with a few tweaks of my own. One could use oat flakes or barley flakes here in place of the rye if desired. Knowing the nutritional benefits of the ancient grain of rye, I just really wanted to incorporate it into our diet somehow! Here’s the recipe I came up with:

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Cinnamon Sourdough Bread

4 loaves

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups active sourdough starter (I left mine a little thinner this time for this recipe)
  • 4 cups raw dairy (or coconut milk)
  • 10 cups freshly milled spelt flour (or other organic flour of choice – the more gluten, the longer it should be allowed to ferment for maximum benefits)
  • 4 cups rye flakes
  • 2 Tb of real salt
  • 1 Tb baking soda
  • 2 Tb cinnamon
  • 4 Tb palm shortening or butter

Method:

  • Night before you’d like to bake it, mix together everything but the last 4 ingredients.
  • Knead in Bosch or mixer for 5 minutes.
  • Put mixture in fridge overnight (if using wheat, leave out on counter).
  • Next morning, knead in the last 4 ingredients until well combined.
  • Divide up into 4 pans, or dutch ovens.
  • Grease and dust pans (I use palm shortening and brown rice flour)
  • Allow to set for 2 hours until risen slightly.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 415 for 15 minutes.
  • Turn oven down to 350 and bake another 35 minutes.
  • Take out an allow to cool 15-20 minutes before slicing.
  • Enjoy!

Blood Pressure Lowered – Naturally

Recently a client of mine who is healing from a major health hurdle. The client’s blood pressure had gone way up and of course was prescribed drugs to bring it down. Since he/she did not want to use the drugs as a first choice, I suggested taking 2 teaspoons a day of the Green Pastures cod liver oil/butter oil blend daily to balance out his/her fats. Within a day of taking the cod liver oil, the blood pressure had gone done considerably. We expect it to continue to normal as his/her body continues to get the right fats to balance out his/her system. The K2 from the butter oil and synergistic combination of the D vitamin from the cod liver create quite the unstoppable duo. Praise God for simple solutions!

Baby’s 1st Birthday Cupcakes

Happy Birthday to James! He turns 1 today. He has been such a blessing to our family with his sweet spirit and amiable personality. We decided to make him vanilla cupcakes, nourishing real food style with cream cheese frosting. For birthdays I typically use organic coconut flour with raw honey, but since I am out for the month, sprouted flour will be just fine. I also wait until baby is about 18 months old before introducing honey, so this recipe uses sucanat instead. In general, I try to use a lot less sugar than most recipes – even the “real food” ones. as to assist my children in developing a healthy palate for what sweet is sufficient for a body to handle efficiently and without recourse. Treats are just that – a treat and shouldn’t be the main event, nor should anyone be in a coma or hyper-active after enjoying. This way we can enjoy our treats daily – whether it’s a cookie after lunch, or homemade ice cream after dinner – and still be uncompromisingly nourished.

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Nourished Style Vanilla Cupcakes

makes about 26 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup organic butter
  • 1 tsp real salt
  • 3 TB GMO free baking powder
  • 4 pastured eggs
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 2/3 cup filtered water (or raw milk, or coconut milk)
  • 2 cups sucanat
  • dash of stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 2 TB vanilla extract
  • about 4 cups sprouted flour (each flour has its own texture and requires slightly different amounts of hydration, so just watch for a good cake batter consistency as you mix)

Method:

  1. Add ingredients to Blendtec (Vitamix) with wet ingredients first then dry.
  2. If not using a blender, melt oils and add all ingredients to a mixer and mix well.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated oven of 365 for 20-25 minutes (if you want them to rise, and 325 if you want them flat for frosting).
  4. Remove and allow to cool fully before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup palm shortening
  • 1 cup powdered sucanat (I powder it in my Magic Bullet – 1 cup at a time)
  • dash of stevia
  • dash of pink salt
  • scant tsp of vanilla bean powder (I got mine from our Frontier buying club)
  • 2-4 TB goat milk, or any raw organic milk (using goat for the baby)

Method:

  1. Powder sucanat in Blendtec or Bullet – add 1 cup and let it run for 60 sec.
  2. Mix cream cheese and shortening.
  3. Add salt, stevia, and vanilla.
  4. Alternatively add milk and sugar until well combined.
  5. Allow to whip up at a higher speed until nice and fluffy.
  6. Keep refridgerated until ready to frost cupcakes.

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Mastitis Infection – Cleared in 2 days

I recently had a new mother client who developed mastitis. She had a high fever and felt sore. I suggested to following protocol: 5 drops of an essential oil blend like ProShield (by Ameo) or 7 drops of doTerra’s OnGuard (or one could make up the blend themselves with lemon, orange, clove, cinnamon, rosemary, and oregano) in a capsule twice a day for 2 days; Epsom salt baths twice daily, lots of nursing, rest, liquids, clean diet with no sugar. She felt immediately better the first day and so went about and did a bit too much work, which resulted in her feeling awful by nightfall. I encouraged her to rest completely and follow the protocol. The following day she reported that she felt great and was so happy to have been able to conquer this naturally. Thank God for His provisions!